Bright minds in the land of fire.
Round two continued with the David versus Goliath clashes. South Africa was seated at table 15 with Algeria at table 16.
1. South Africa lost 0.5 to Romania
2. Brazil beat Algeria 2.5 to 1.5 with Algeria scoring three draws. On board one I thought Arab Adlane would beat Fier (2634) as he was a piece up but the Brazilian grandmaster had enough counter play with two passed pawns in the centre and held the draw. Oussedik drew with Leitao. Oussedik continues to impress with solid play.
3. Moldova beat Zambia 3.5 to 0.5
4. Ivory Coast lost 4-0 to Sweden
5. Cuba beat Egypt 3.5 to 0.5. I bumped into Grandmaster Hecham the African champion who plays board four and he was angry with himself as he had blundered a piece.
6. Wales took no chances and beat Sudan 3.5 to 0.5. Sudan of course drew with Bulgaria in round one.
7. Tunisia drew with the Netherlands Antilles 2-2
8. South Korea beat South Sudan 3-1.
9. Namibia lost 3.5 to 0.5 to Thailand.
10. Syria beat Mauritius 3.5
11. Ethiopia scored 1.5 against Pakistan
12. Botswana scored 0.5 against Panama
13. Mozambique beat Liechenstein 3.5 to 0.5
14. Ghana drew with Afganistan 2-2
15. Tanzania lost 1.5 to 2.5 to Jersey
16 . Nigeria beat Mauritania 4-0
17. Zimbabwe beat Aruba 3.5 to 0.5
18. São Tomé and Príncipe lost 1-3 to Iraq
19. Angola beat the US Virgin Islands 4-0
20. Morocco beat Bermuda 4-0
21. Madagascar beat Lesotho 4-0
22. Togo lost 4-0 to Puerto Rico
23. Honduras beat Swaziland 4-0
24. Somalia lost 1-3 to Libya
In the women’s section
1. Egypt lost to Romania 1-3
2. Cuba beat Algeria 3-1
3. SA lost to the UAE 1-3
4. Botswana beat Angola 2.5 to 1.5
Botswana won on top and bottom boards
5. Scotland beat Zimbabwe 4-0
6. Tunisia lost 1.5 to 2.5 against the Iccd
7. Malawi lost 0-4 to Albania
8. Dominican Republic beat Ghana 4-0
9. Guatemala beat Mozambique 2.5 to 1.5
10. Morrocco beat Swaziland 4-0
11. Lesotho lost to Iraq 1-3
12. Zambia drew 2-2 with Sudan
13. Uruguay beat Tanzania 4-0
14. Namibia lost 4-0 to the Ipca
Some interesting observations from the round yesterday :
1. We met some of our fellow African brothers yesterday and many hugs and kisses on both cheeks were exchanged. Mmmmh. Takes some getting used to,
2. I was watching the famous grandmaster Alexander Beliavsky who plays board one for Slovenia. He is 2602 and is playing his tenth Olympiad. He has played for the USSR, Ukraine and now Slovenia.
3. GM Micheal Ruiz 2605 is a real pacer. After each of his moves he paced around the entire enclosure where we were seated. I suppose to release energy.
4. Gunther van Den Bergh was again the arbiter for one of the top games. He really is entrusted with some of the top games.
5. Watu’s clock didn’t work and had to be reset.
6. Lawrence Cooper came to say hello. He is the captain of Wales. In 2008 he visited South Africa with a few fellow English players and played some good chess against the local players.
7. Carlsen made his appearance. He was sitting to far away but it was good to see the world champion checking out other games as I walked past.
8. I checked out the exhibition with Kenny and Denise. They selling a few books but nothing special. The chess boards are beautiful and I intend purchasing one in the next few days.
9. The hotel has a an ATM that allows you to put in foreign currency and then you obtain the local currency. I have not seen such a machine in SA yet but I thought it was worth a mention.
10. Baku is gearing itself up as a tourist destination. They will be hosting the Islamic Games next year and this year they already hosted their first ever Baku Formula One Grand Prix!
And in conclusion today Grandmaster Kenny Solomon plays game number 100 for South Africa at Olympiads today against Myanmar. This is a superb achievement and must be celebrated. Playing 100 times at an Olympiad is not an easy matter and he has over the last few years cemented his position on board one. He won the African Championship in 2014 and obtained his Grandmaster title. Grandmaster Solomon I wish you well and know that you will continue to make us proud.
Reporting live From Baku, Azerbaijan
Dr Lyndon Bouah